SLAYER @ THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM
Photos and words by Debi Del Grande
So you are banned from a venue. Doesn’t mean 25 years later all won’t be forgiven. Slayer’s return to the Hollywood Palladium marks the band’s first time performing there since things got a little out-of-hand in 1988 as the venue’s front windows were broken when Slayer played with Danzig and fans went a little bonkers.
Fast forward to this past Sunday and Monday as the titans of thrash took over for two sold out nights with just the right amount of mayhem breaking loose. Lots of shirts, shoes and hats flew in the air all Monday night as fists and hands were in the air. Shirts weren’t needed though on most guys as sweat dripped down all over the floor. What hung mostly in the air, however, was guitarist Jeff Hanneman’s spirit. A public memorial for Hanneman was also at this same venue on May 23rd, a couple of weeks after his death. So it was only fitting that the band would give it 200% and play some “Old School” songs, reaching deep down and pulling out some classics. One of the most intense bands ever to witness live. Badass Kerry King (guitar), Tom Arayabass (vocals/bass), Paul Bostaph (drums), and Gary Holt (guitar) completely destroyed the venue. But this time, they would be welcome back any day.
World Painted Blood
At Dawn They Sleep
Captor of Sin
Die by the Sword
Seasons in the Abyss
Strike of the Beast (Exodus cover)
Dead Skin Mask
South of Heaven
Angel of Death